Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sept 22 - Elephant Appreciation Day

Here is a little history on how Elephant Appreciation Day came to be: The founder, Wayne Hepburn, received a paperweight of elephants on parade from his daughter as a gift. He became fascinated by them. He started a huge collection of elephant books and paraphernalia. His obsession and love of elephants, led to the creation of this day so we can take some time to enjoy this huge amazing creature.

Elephants...I love how big they are.  Big ears, huge feet, and best of all big round bellies.  I woke up this morning and told Jared that it was Elephant appreciation Day and he immediately put his arm up by his nose (like a trunk) and made a huge elephant sound.  I was excited about his enthusiasm for the day, but not about being hit by his "trunk" that early in the morning.

Surprisingly there are not a lot of elephants wandering around Rome.  I was able to find these two small guys in a little store in the train station.  We talked about elephants in movies that we liked and I reminisced about seeing all the elephants walking in a long line when I was able to go on a safari in Tanzania...AMAZING! 

There is an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee that takes care of endangered African and Asian Elephants.  It is a really great organization and if you are interested you can sponsor an elephant! Follow this link:

 One of the elephants best friend is a dog...enjoy!


  1. Emmett would like you to know that he appreciates elephants on a daily basis...his "snuggle buddy" is a very soft elephant that is twice the size of him. :)

  2. Michelle,
    Loving the are a natural! I too love ones are the best. :) Jodie